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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful...Week 8

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy From the Heart

This week has been a mixed bag of emotions.  From hearing about my old school friend who tragically died to having a wonderful family party for my sister's wedding anniversary, this week has been a real rollercoaster.  I have felt really reflective this week and maybe even more thankful for the small pleasures in life.

1:  Having my children home.  All 5 of the McD brood were together again at the weekend.  Nothing makes me happier than having my children all under one roof even though it's crazy, loud and manic.  The nicest thing was seeing Freddy's bond with his older brother and sister.  They were so worried when Fred was born that he wouldn't know them as they no longer live at home.  Hearing him shout "Joe" as he trotted along behind his big brother was heartwarming.  Watching him cuddle up to Megan and giggle with her was wonderful.  He knows his family!

2:  How I Met Your Mother.  We all watched the episode of HIMYM which guest starred Hurley from Lost as "The Blitz".  We sat together laughing and quoting catchphrases and generally having a fantastic family time. I so appreciate that my kids want to have a laugh with us, their parents.  I'm so glad that we have similar senses of humour and similar tastes in TV and music and that we can enjoy each others' company.  I couldn't bear it if the generation gap had alienated us from them.  Having a close knit family is the singularly most important thing to me.  I love being their mother.

3:  Memories.  Whatever happens, whatever life throws at us, the one thing that can't be taken away from us is our memories.  (OK...not strictly true we could get amnesia, but you know what I mean.)  I've been doing a lot of remembering this week.  Remembering being at school, remembering my friend who was such a character, remembering the good times and reflecting on past friendships.  There are so many people who have made a difference to my life.  I'm thankful for each and everyone of them.
Miss you Pete x

8 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your school friend. Glad that you are able to find comfort in fond memories x

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  2. Awww big brothers and sisters are the best thing! I have a big sister who lived elsewhere when I was little and I adore her and have sooo many wonderful memories of her and her visits :O)

    So sorry to hear about your friend hon x

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  3. Point 1 made me cry and even more so when I saw the photos. I could see him in my mind's eye looking up to his bro and sis. Too too special.

    Thank you for your comment just now. Meant a lot. Big hug. Was a reply to a lot of comments that were made about new bloggers on a typecast post.

    xx

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  4. Wendy, I too have never lived with my little bro as he is 20 yrs younger than me - yet we are so close. He is 14 now and is not only a wonderful uncle to my three but a fab brother. He talks to us about pretty much everything and loves getting away from home by coming to visit me or our other brothers homes. I love the diversity of families.

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  5. Wonderful post and yes, memories are all that really matter and if we all hung onto that thought more often, we would all be much saner.
    I only worked it out when my Mum died and now really focus on proactive memory-making.
    I heard of a schoolfriend's death last year and through posting on her memorial site was found by another heartfelt friend who means so much to me all over again after 30 years!
    Your family look and sound wonderful.
    My reasons include spending time with my much older (16 years older) brother over at http://gigglingatitall.blogspot.com

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  6. Sorry to hear about your friend. Makes you think about the past, doesn't it and also makes you realize how important the present is.

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  7. You always warm my heart with your posts about your family Wendy. Will you adopt me please?

    Hope you're doing okay after the bad news about your old friend.

    Hugs.

    xxx

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  8. Wendy, I too have never lived with my little bro as he is 20 yrs younger than me - yet we are so close. He is 14 now and is not only a wonderful uncle to my three but a fab brother. He talks to us about pretty much everything and loves getting away from home by coming to visit me or our other brothers homes. I love the diversity of families.

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